This purse came about because I was in one of those moods again like with the Pretty in Plaid Purse project ^-~ I saw this lavender printed canvas and had the urge to make a sweet, feminine little purse that had a darling shape. The word sakura is Japanese for cherry blossom, and it’s the first thing I think of when I see adorable springtime colors like this lavender. So I couldn’t help but want to adorn it with beautiful cherry blossom petals and flowers as if they were cascading down from the top of the purse. The purse is just big enough to hold the essentials, so it’s great for a casual date and would work perfectly in lots of different colors and patterns! I imagine a red and black version would look oh-so-sophisticated ^w^
Materials & Tools:
• ¼ yd. of medium to heavy weight fabric for main purse – bottom section (denim or canvas would be perfect – I used a home décor canvas)
• ¼ yd. of medium to heavyweight contrast fabric for top section & straps (denim or canvas would be perfect – I used interfaced linen)
• ⅓ yd. of lightweight fabric for lining (I used quilting cotton)
• ½” metal snap
• Matching sewing thread
• Basic sewing tools (sewing machine, scissors, iron, needles, pins, fabric marker, seam ripper)
• Either complementing fabric paint for the flower embellishments OR:
• 10” x 10” scrap of appliqué fabric (cotton, felt, etc.)
• 10” x 10” piece of light or heavy duty fusible web
Before you begin:
1. Print out the project pattern here
2. Assemble the pattern pieces, see the page here for more help
3. Lay out the pattern pieces on your fabric and cut them out
4. Mark the fabric pieces with the markings from the pattern
1. The first step here is applying your flower designs to one of the purse bottom pieces of your fabric. You can do this by using the flower template as a freezer paper stencil and painting them on (see the tutorial on that *here*) or you can appliqué them on with light or heavy duty fusible web. I personally used some light fusible web and did a zigzag stitch around each shape. Make sure the pieces are placed properly by using the guidelines from the pattern.
2. With your embellishments done, you can now sew on the upper section of your purse. Line up the straight edges of the purse top and purse bottom and sew the two pieces together. Repeat this with your remaining purse top and bottom pieces to create both sides of your purse. Press this seam open.
3. Next is to create the darts! These little darts in the corner of the purse will help give your finished purse some shape. Fold the corner of your purse so the legs of the dart match up, then sew down the leg of the dart to create some depth for your purse. Cut the darts open down the middle and press them flat.
4. Now your purse is really starting to come together! Take both of your purse front and back pieces and line them up so all the raw edges match. Sew along the curved edge that encompasses the bottom and sides of the purse. Leave the top section with the semi-circle shaped notch free so you can turn the purse right side out later. Press open the seam you’ve just sewn as best as you can despite the odd shape, this will make step 9 much easier when you get to it.
At this time, you’ll also need to repeat steps 2-4 for your lining pieces. Be sure that for step 2 you leave an opening in one side of the lining for turning the whole purse right side out later in step 8.
5. With your purse almost finished, next is the straps. They’re made a rather simple way by just folding and sewing. Take your strap piece and fold under each long edge by ⅝” (toward the wrong side) and iron it firmly in place. Then fold the entire strap piece in half lengthwise (with wrong sides together) and iron it again firmly, leaving you with one long, skinny strip. Sew the folded edges together with an edge stitch and your strap is complete! Repeat this with your other strap piece, and you’ve got a perfect pair!
6. With your straps done, you can baste them to the top edge of your purse. Turn your main purse right side out, then baste the end of one strap along the guidelines of one side of your front purse. Then take the other end of the strap and baste it to the remaining guideline on the front of your purse. Be sure the strap doesn’t get twisted along the way. Then repeat this with the back of your purse and your remaining strap.
7. For the perfect closure to our purse we’re making a little tab and an added snap. All you need to do to make the tab is align your two tab pieces together with right sides facing. Sew along the long curved edge of the tab piece, leaving the short straight edge open for turning the tab right side out. Then clip and/or notch the seam allowance of the seam you just made, turn the tab right side out, and press it flat.
8. Just like with the straps, we’re going to baste the tab to the top portion of your purse. Be sure you baste it to the back side of the purse, following the pattern guidelines. This will allow it to fold over to the front of your purse where you can see the adorable snap closure 🙂
9. Now we can finally sew the main bag to the lining – and this is done from the top edge of the purse. Nestle the outer fabric portion of the purse into the lining with right sides facing, then line up the top edges, including the semi-circle shaped notch and all that. Once you have the edges properly lined up, sew around the entire perimeter, pivoting at the corners and going over the side seams.
When you finish, clip the corners and the curves of your new seam, then turn the whole baby right side out from the opening you have in the lining. You’ll want to poke the corners with a chopstick or similar turning tool to make the edges look crisp. Then press the edges nice and firmly so it looks sharp and neat.
Around this time, you will also want to go back and sew up the opening left in your lining. You can do this either with a hand-sewn ladder stitch or just doing a quick edge stitch with your machine 🙂
10. While your top edge is looking crisp, you’ll want to edge stitch along the upper edge of the purse to keep it looking that way, and so the lining doesn’t want to peek out occasionally while you’re using the purse ^-~ Make sure your tab and straps are moved out of the way while you’re doing this.
11. Just one more detail and you’re done! Install the prong side of your snap on the end of your tab where the pattern indicates, then install the socket side of your snap in the middle of your purse front where the pattern indicates. They’ll match up perfectly and you’ll be left with a completed purse! Now go show off your work because YOU’RE DONE!
Super feminine usually isn’t my style, but I just couldn’t seem to help it in this case ^-~
What do you think? Do you have anything that just screams springtime to you? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoy making this project, but if you’d rather have the one from the photos, you can purchase it from my Etsy.
And if you do try making the project, I’d love to see it! And I’ll send you exclusive free patterns as a reward!